The UK has blocked the conclusion of an agreement with Russia on mutual recognition of documents on education . This was reported by the press office of the Russian embassy in London. Diplomats associate this situation with the deterioration of relations between the two countries.
Some experts note that the agreement helped to simplify the process of further study in Britain, for example, a Master’s degree. With a Russian Bachelor’s, you only had to pass the entrance examination.
“There is a rather long procedure of recognition now, but nevertheless our students study in the UK on a Russian bachelor’s degree. The agreement, which everyone is talking about now, the signing of which was suspended, would greatly facilitate this procedure,” explained the pro-rector for the development of educational programs and international activities.
“As a rule, people use this procedure when they come to the UK and want to work in their specialty. In order to start working, it is necessary for the diploma to be recognized there.” said Lyubov Glebova, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Rules and Organization of Parliamentary Activities. Hence, this may no longer be possible in the future.
Today about 66,000 Russians live in the UK. Moreover, many of those who leave have double degrees between the two countries. Today, about 80 Russian universities provide such an opportunity.
The Russian embassy in Britain believes that British private education is losing its appeal to Russians too. The reason is the deteriorated relations between the two countries as well as a change in the economic situation in Russia. The Union of Independent Schools of Britain estimated that in 2015, almost 2,800 people from Russia studied in private British educational institutions. This year their number decreased by 40%.